10 Things You Need to Know About Inherited High Cholesterol
For some, high cholesterol is in the genes — but you won’t know unless you get tested.
Have you had your cholesterol levels checked lately? Here are 10 good reasons you should.
If your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol is below 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and your HDL, or “good” cholesterol is above 40 mg/dL (for men) or 50 mg/dL (for women), your levels are healthy. But one out of every three adults has unhealthy cholesterol levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). High cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease, the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States today.
For some people, high blood levels of cholesterol come from a diet that’s high in saturated fat and animal products, but for others, high cholesterol is genetic: It runs in the family. In addition to getting cholesterol from dietary sources like meat and dairy, our bodies make cholesterol, too. And some people produce more cholesterol than can be safely handled, causing a buildup of fat and plaque in their arteries.